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Geriatrics & Aging

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Welcome from the Chief

Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D.Welcome to the Division of Geriatrics & Aging! Our nationally recognized Division serves as the academic home to over 40 interprofessional faculty members. Formally established as a division in 2008, Geriatrics has had a strong presence at the University of Rochester and nationally for the past 50 years. Under the leadership of nationally esteemed geriatricians including T. Franklin Williams MD, Paul Katz MD, William Hall MD and Robert McCann MD, the University of Rochester Division of Geriatrics & Aging has advanced the care of older adults in our community, nationally and internationally.  In our Division, we proudly assert that "all roads in Geriatrics lead to Rochester" as we have trained or supported the development of many of the nation's leaders in Geriatrics.

Our Division providers currently care for thousands of older adults each year spanning multiple care sites, including outpatient primary care, acute, post-acute, hospice & palliative care, home care, and long-term care. At the University of Rochester, our shared philosophy of holistic, individualized, and evidence based care produces high quality outcomes across the care continuum. Read about our mission and vision.

Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D.
Chief, Division of Geriatrics & Aging


Contact the Division

(585) 760-6354


Special Message to Our Patients and Families

As we proceed through the unprecedented times of COVID-19, we have made many efforts to ensure that we continue to provide care to some of the region’s most vulnerable patients. Our faculty and staff remain committed to supporting the needs of our patients and our team. We realize that the pandemic has presented many challenges, but we choose to realize every new day as an opportunity to provide a solution to the challenges that arise.

The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center is meeting these challenges by providing online educational opportunities:

  • Community Wide Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds will resume live via Zoom
  • The Older Adults and Opioids webinar series concludes with two sessions (schedule, PDF download)
  • Weekly Virtual Dementia Education Series for Health Care Providers live via Zoom (calendar, PDF download)
  • Project ECHO sessions have been reoriented for the next few weeks to provide support in isolation in collaboration with our colleagues in psychiatry, marriage/family therapy, and psychology
  • Self-paced online modules on 14 topics relevant to geriatric practice

In-person conferences will resume once it is safe to do so.  Until then, we hope that you will stay healthy and join us at these virtual opportunities.

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We're Proud of our Division Staff and Faculty!

The Division of Geriatrics and Aging is proud to share the following recent awards and accolades:

  • Dr. Nirmala Nicholas received the UR Family Medicine Community Teaching Award
  • Ryan Gilmartin received the 2020 Highland Hospital Annual Leadership Award
  • Dr. Kevin McCormick received the Rochester Business Journal Senior Care Health Care Hero Award
  • Dr. Tim Holahan received the Rochester Business Journal COVID-19 Hero Award
  • Dr. Suzanne Gillespie received the Carter & T. Franklin Williams Geriatric Award from the Rochester Academy of Medicine
    • The Carter & T. Franklin Williams Geriatric Award is given for the best paper on geriatric health care in recognition of the important role Carter and Frank Williams have played in our community and nationally in caring for the elderly.
  • Dr. Tim Holahan and Dr. Brian McGarry received the Kluge Trauma and Emergency Medical Service Award from the Rochester Academy of Medicine
    • The Kluge Trauma and Emergency Medical Service Award is given for the best paper pertaining to Trauma-Critical Care, Acute Care and Emergency Medicine in recognition of Dr. Kluge’s interest in education and these fields of endeavor.
  • Dr. Kathi Heffner and Dr. Vankee Lin received the Marie C. Wilson and Joseph C. Wilson Professorship in the School or Nursing. 

We are so proud of all of the hard work of those who belong to our Division of Geriatrics and Aging.